Comparing KapStone Paper and Packaging (KS) & Kimberly-Clark de M�xico (KCDMY)

Kimberly-Clark de M�xico (OTCMKTS: KCDMY) and KapStone Paper and Packaging (NYSE:KS) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability and earnings.

Dividends

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Kimberly-Clark de M�xico pays an annual dividend of $0.63 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.7%. KapStone Paper and Packaging pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. KapStone Paper and Packaging pays out 16.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

84.8% of KapStone Paper and Packaging shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.1% of KapStone Paper and Packaging shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Kimberly-Clark de M�xico and KapStone Paper and Packaging’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kimberly-Clark de M�xico $1.92 billion N/A $256.93 million N/A N/A
KapStone Paper and Packaging $3.32 billion 1.02 $243.50 million $2.46 14.14

Kimberly-Clark de M�xico has higher earnings, but lower revenue than KapStone Paper and Packaging.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Kimberly-Clark de M�xico and KapStone Paper and Packaging, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kimberly-Clark de M�xico 1 0 1 0 2.00
KapStone Paper and Packaging 0 8 1 0 2.11

KapStone Paper and Packaging has a consensus target price of $29.33, indicating a potential downside of 15.66%. Given KapStone Paper and Packaging’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe KapStone Paper and Packaging is more favorable than Kimberly-Clark de M�xico.

Volatility & Risk

Kimberly-Clark de M�xico has a beta of 0.8, suggesting that its share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, KapStone Paper and Packaging has a beta of 3.04, suggesting that its share price is 204% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Kimberly-Clark de M�xico and KapStone Paper and Packaging’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kimberly-Clark de M�xico N/A N/A N/A
KapStone Paper and Packaging 7.34% 13.31% 3.89%

Summary

KapStone Paper and Packaging beats Kimberly-Clark de M�xico on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Kimberly-Clark de M�xico

Kimberly-Clark de Mexico SAB de CV is a Mexico-based company is engaged in the manufacture of personal care products. Its activities are divided into three segments: Consumer products, Professional and healthcare, as well as Export. The Consumer products division focuses on the manufacture and distribution of disposable products for daily use, such as diapers, feminine pads, incontinence care products, kitchen towels, napkins and wet wipes; baby and child care products, such as baby wipes, shampoos, lotions and feeding products, and home products, such as antibacterial gels, food wraps and bar soaps. Its brand names portfolio includes Huggies, KleenBebe, Kleenex, Kimlark, Petalo, Cottonelle, Depend, Kotex and Evenflo, among others. The Professional and healthcare division offers personal care products to commercial customers, including managers of hotels, restaurants, offices and hospitals. The Export division is responsible for the international trade, mainly in the United States.

About KapStone Paper and Packaging

KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation is a producer of containerboard and the kraft paper in North America. The Company operates through two segments: Paper and Packaging, and Distribution. The Paper and Packaging segment manufactures and sells a range of containerboard, corrugated products and specialty paper for industrial and consumer markets. The Distribution segment, which operates under the Victory and Golden State Container trade names, provides its customers packaging solutions and services and distributes corrugated packaging materials and other specialty packaging products, which include stretch film, void fill, carton sealing tape and other specialty tapes. The Company produces a range of products ranging from basic corrugated shipping containers to specialized packaging. The Company also produces packaging for fresh fruit and vegetables, processed food, beverages, and other industrial and consumer products.

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